Often when thinking about guidance, we ask questions like, “what is God’s plan for me?”, “How can I make decisions in line with God’s will for my life?”, “How do I know which [insert decision] to take?”
But as we read the bible about ‘guidance’, ‘calling’, ‘plan’ or just the bible in general, we discover that life is actually not about us. Not about ‘me’ or ‘I’. The questions we ask are targeted in the wrong direction.
Humanity once believed that the sun revolved around the earth (basically that the earth was the centre of the universe). We now know that the universe is much bigger than we can imagine, the earth is not the centre, but the earth revolves around the Sun. It’s a helpful illustration, to a point (it falls down since the sun is not actually the centre of the universe) – as Phillip Jensen explained it, the “sun”, in my mind, became “Son” and I became a planet (metaphorically). Creation is about the Son.
Life, the universe and everything, are actually about God and his Son Jesus Christ. So the question becomes, “What brings glory to God, and how do I fit into his plan?” The key to understanding God’s guidance is a paradigm shift – away from us, back toward God.
And because God is a God who is relational and has created language and communication:
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” – 2 Peter 1:3
So some helpful questions to think through as we face decisions every day (even the ones we don’t even think about) might be:
- Will this bring God glory?
- How will this help me grow in godliness?
- How will this help me think of others before myself (Philippians 2)?
I should consider not only how decisions will affect me, but how they will affect others around me (particularly my husband, and people I serve). Most of all, though, I need to consider God first and his glory, not my own (because that’s usually a big factor in my decision making).